Senior Transportation Program Manager
Dallas, TX  / Houston, TX  / Corpus Christi, TX 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

General Overview of the Role

The Senior Transportation Program Manager is responsible for overseeing, coordinating, and directing the work of a multi-disciplinary team assigned to support the delivery of one or multiple complex transportation infrastructure program(s). In that role, the Senior Program Manager is the team's primary point of contact with the client, responsible for the team's compliance with contract requirements and for meeting client expectations. Furthermore, the Senior Program Manager serves as a trusted advisor to the client's leadership team, counseling the client on delivery strategies, processes and tools, and offering recommendations on the program governance and the management of the program team. The Senior Program Manager leads by focusing on the best interests of our clients and by embracing HDR's purpose - we do things right to make great things possible. Finally, as a senior employee-owner of HDR, the Senior Program Manager is accountable for meeting program financial performance goals, identifying evolving client needs, and pursuing growth opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assume leadership responsibilities for the management of multidisciplinary infrastructure programs with a high-degree of technical complexity and non-technical complexity intricacies.
  • Advise clients on the technical, regulatory, financial, and community facets of infrastructure programs, which are all critical to program success. Leverage lessons learned from other programs and industry best management practices to address the specific needs of each client.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor all aspects of program execution. This may involve overseeing a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to: capital planning, change management, commissioning/asset onboarding, communications, construction management, cost control/estimating, document management, environmental planning/compliance, engineering, equity, financial support, organizational strengthening, permitting, planning/design management, program governance, procurement, project management, quality management, real estate, regulatory support, risk management, scheduling, strategic planning, sustainability and resiliency.
  • Anticipate and identify potential issues and risks that may impact program implementation, and assist the client with problem solving, issues resolution, risk mitigation, and timely decision making. Provide strategic advice and thought leadership. Deploy the required resources to address various program challenges and unanticipated events.
  • Develop and implement various plans (program management plans, startup plans and work plans), business processes, and tools to drive efficiencies, emphasize accountability, bring team alignment, and promote transparency.
  • Direct the services provided by a program team comprised of HDR and subconsultants staff. Promote alignment within the team through effective and regular communications. Secure the resources required to deliver services specified in the contract scope with a focus on contract compliance. Monitor team performance and establish a robust QA/QC program to meet client expectations.
  • Monitor the financial performance of the program against pre-established financial metrics and adjust as necessary to meet earnings and profitability targets, and control losses.
  • Contribute to the growth of HDR's program management services by (1) building a long-term trusted advisory relationship with clients; (2) looking for opportunities to expand our services to address the needs of existing clients; (3) supporting the pursuit of new program contract opportunities; and (4) mentoring and training staff working on programs; and (5) supporting practice-wide initiatives.
  • Position may be for a highway, transit, railroad, or airport program.
  • Position may include alternative delivery opportunities, including directing and coordinating with multiple consultants, contractors, and agencies.
  • Position may include co-location with the client and program/project team.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or in related field
  • 10 years project and program management-related experience in appropriate discipline
  • Professional Engineering License
  • Excellent communication skills. Comfortable presenting to client executives and in a large audience or public setting.
  • Strong leadership skills with experience building a cohesive team culture and managing team members located in various locations.
  • Management experience with the implementation of projects or programs using alternative and collaborative delivery methods, including design-build (DB), progressive design-build (PDB), and/or construction management at-risk (CMAR).
  • Travel regularly, relocate, or commute to a client's site temporarily.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiar with the various types of tools used to manage large programs - PMIS, CMIS, scheduling, cost control, document management, risk management, asset management, dashboard analytics, etc.
  • Program management experience consistent with one of the following requirements:
    • A minimum of three (3) years of program management experience as a deputy to the Program Manager for the delivery of one or more programs, each with a capital value of $300 million or more, or;
    • A minimum of seven (7) years of program management experience as a Project Manager or Project Controls Manager for the delivery of one or more programs, each with a capital value of $300 million or more, or;
  • Master's degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Sciences, Planning, Business Administration or closely related field.
  • PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • PMI Program Management Professions (PgMP) certification
  • AICP Certification
  • Experience leading the consultant or owner program management team of at least one transportation infrastructure program(s) with a capital value of $500 million.
  • Knowledgeable of other alternative delivery/contract models, such as public-private partnership (P3), design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM), and engineering procurement construction (EPC).
  • Experience working in an integrated fashion within a Program Management Office (PMO) comprised of both consultant and client staff.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Texas-Dallas
Other Locations: United States-Texas-Corpus Christi, United States-Texas-Houston, United States-Texas-Fort Worth, United States-Texas-Austin, United States-Texas-San Antonio, United States-Texas-El Paso
Industry: Highway + Road
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Highways
Job Posting: Sep 9, 2022

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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